...I recently did a wedding fair in Blackpool at a large hotel that is obviously a wedding venue as well. I was asked a number of times if I was the "package photographer" that the hotel included in their "inclusive deal". I spent much of my time trying to explain about the packages that are often included at the venues but unfortunately I think it may have fallen on deaf ears for a few. This is in no way a rant at those customers because, during these difficult times, I and every other supplier understand that every penny counts. However the notion that you will receive the same package and quality of product (in general) is misguided. The idea of 'You Get What You Pay For' with wedding photography is a fact. Photographers can always provide a service for what ever budget you may have, but the product and time you will receive as a client will change.
The photographers that I know and work closely with have the same opinion of trying to give the very best quality of products and services. These products, that invariably cost the photographer more money to supply, are in constant threat by the notion of prices being driven down by these 'inclusive deals'. I understand that every supplier has their own pricing structure based on experience, service and ability and I am in no way stating that "package photographers" are no good, but when looking into your wedding imagery, remember......You (really do) Get What You Pay For!